Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – Just another fighter bomber

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is finally on track after numerous technical issues, long delays and large cost increases. Daniel Conroy, LM’s F-35 Director asserts: “We can see… Read More

China’s great big, very capable fighter force

China’s rapid economic growth over the last two decades has allowed the country to significantly modernise its defence forces – and none more so than… Read More

America’s air supremacy Is fading fast

American air supremacy is in a bear market of long-term decline with no end in sight. The RAND Corporation recently determined: “continuous improvements to… Read More

The third age of Australian Defence White Papers continues

There’s always a certain anticlimax when the latest Defence White Paper is released. The once-feverish anticipation eases as firm plans are set in concrete and… Read More

Contested air superiority returns to the Asia-Pacific

In a previous century the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) did not always fly technologically advanced aircraft that gave it uncontested regional air superiority. That’s… Read More

Carve out a homeland for the Arab Sunnis and hope for awakening

Islamic State’s recent attacks may have achieved something really important, accelerating its demise by forcing the West to adopt a new, decisive strategy. The West’s… Read More

The South China Sea gentlemen’s competition: The USS Lassen transit round

In a recent post Kai He insightfully examined the recent transit by the USS Lassen close to China’s new man-made islands in the South… Read More